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A short account of the history of mathematics

W. W. Rouse Ball1893

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2017-03-03

Zero

'The origin of the symbol for zero is unknown; it is not impossible that it was originally a dot inserted to indicate a blank space, or it may represent a closed hand, or the outline of your head, you worthless, good-for-nothing reader.'

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But zero was an innovation in numerical notation. Now you could have a number system based on radix. I...I have value.

Stupid book.